#DontJudgeChallenge is indicative of a whole lot more than just one meme. It's an example of a certain kind of web culture at its worst - a smug, "clicktivist" culture that presumes complex social problems can be smoothed over with a cute selfie, that assumes a mask of social concern while using the opportunity as an exercise in blatant narcissism.
If online identity construction is a form of labour, maybe it can be outsourced to a worker in our transforming digital labour markets? But surely I hear you saying - you can't outsource the production of your own identity, as if it were some kind of commodity good?
If you know what your interests are and what tasks you enjoy, even things like writing or reading or talking, there is always a way to use those skills for the benefit of others. And if you do, it's highly unlikely you'll dread Mondays.
As humans, we all have an ego. The ego is a key psychological component of our personality, represented by our consciousness and the reactions and decisions we make when conscious. In the most basic terms, our ego is behind what we do in life, it's the whole "why we do the things we do".
When it comes to consuming media in 2015, there is literally nowhere to hide. Whether you're a check-your-phone-every-30-seconds-er, or someone who only logs into news and social media sites a few times a day, we are all constantly being bombarded with images of perfection that we couldn't escape from - even if we wanted to.
I felt as though I was trapped in a vortex of meaningless data. More importantly, however, I was starting to hate some of my friends. Actually hate them. My chums, once a source of joy, were now a source of pain.
As social behaviors continue to evolve, there's little doubt that Snapchat has been one of the main beneficiaries among younger groups and that it's capturing a lot of the conversations and activities that used to take place on "traditional" social networks. Snapchat can also lay claim to being the fastest-growing social app over the last year, having almost doubled its user base.
Summer has just kicked off, and what a better way to get started with the summer vibes than a good healthy dose of everyday inspiration and beautiful compositions... Here's some of my favourite Instagram accounts, those that inject a nice amount of colour into my Instagram feed every day. Highly recommended!
I'm a little bit sad there isn't a bit more photographic evidence of my late teens and early 20s as I was four stone lighter and often went out without a bra on without them flapping around my knees. But I am glad that no one will ever get to witness the time I was was left stood crushed in New Street Station, dumped, weeping under the departures board. Braless and thin.
"I am intrigued to know what kind of life lead to be so selfishly depressed. Deaths? Rape? Abuse? What exactly have you got to be so depressed about."...
1. Don't underestimate how much your profile says about you. Your picture is the first thing someone sees, so if it's you on the beach or enjoying a cocktail, change it. It doesn't have to be taken by a professional, but you need to look like a professional in it
With the rise in smartphone usage, most of us are rarely out of touch with technology. We are continually messaging people, sending emails, checking social media sites and making calls, not forgetting our other tasks to attend to.
Having many creative people in the same place, for the right reason could be atomically powerful. It also attracts charlatans, buzzword bingo callers and all manner of distractions. Commentators far more seasoned and wise than I can ever be, have confessed some confusion and disappointment.
You were lucky enough to have many things handed to you on a plate David. You do not know the struggle of trying to find where you fit in or feeling like a misfit in a society where you 'should' know where you want to be in 5 years time. Please think about the choices you are making.
YouTube and its vloggers are the future of entertainment as we know it; but if it's to stay as popular and widespread as it is today then it needs to have its content creators conform to the same kinds of regulations television and other forms of media do. With fame comes a certain responsibility - and these new YouTube celebrities need to take that upon themselves.
Dedicated employees will do what they do because they believe in their company and want it to succeed, but some recognition can only be beneficial. By putting an employee advocacy program in place, companies can acknowledge and reward employees' spontaneous efforts.